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it would lead to his downfall. but tonight, his reputation is solid, the fbi is under scrutiny and agents have descended on broadwell's home to gather more material. material broadwell is now willingly providing them in this increasingly strange scandal. the affair first came to light this summer as part of an fbi investigation prompted by a complaint from this woman, jill kelly, a private citizen and military supporter who had befriended petraeus and his wife holly. kelly received harassing e-mails from an anonymous account and took them to a friend at the fbi in may or june. the bureau obtained a court order and electronically traced the accounts to petraeus' biographer. broadwell eventually turned her computer over to the fbi. they were stunned to discover hundreds if not thousands of e-mails some salacious between petraeus and broadwell. >> and the fbi, that's why they call it a preliminary investigation, and realized they had general petraeus caught up in this in some form or fashion and that really caused them to take it all the way through to see what they really had. >> reporter:
, as we learn the identity of the fbi agent who sparked the investigation that brought down one of the nation's most powerful leaders, and is now implicated another. president obama himself spoke out today for the first time since the scandal broke, and my co-anchor terry moran has the latest. >> ladies and gentlemen, the president of the united states. >> reporter: as president obama sauntered into the east room of the white house for his post-victory news conference, the scandal that's engulfed the highest levels of his national security team still swirled around him. tonight, abc news has learned the identity of the fbi agent who ignited the whole staggering chain of events. fredrik humphreys, a 47-year-old fbi veteran who is active in counterterrorism cases, is friends with tampa socialite jill kelley who turned to him when she got some harassing e-mails. meanwhile, in washington, paula broadwell, petraeus' former mistress, who allegedly sent the e-mails to kelley, remained in hiding at her brother's home. today, the fbi said she illegally had classified material at her home
respected generals, resigns over an extramarital affair. how an fbi investigation involving his biographer brought down the man in charge of the country's most guarded secrets. >>> becoming lincoln. america's revered president, brought to life by a hollywood dream team. steven spielberg and daniel day lewis ted diane sawyer about separating the man from the myth. >>> and walk on the wild side. up close and personal with a rare and fearsome predator. our reporter puts tail in hand to get to know the african white lion. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," november 9th, 2012. >> good evening, i'm bill weir. when president obama strode into the east room of the white house this afternoon, we all knew that job one of term two is to hammer out some sort of deal with republicans to keep the federal government from veering off the so-called fiscal cliff. and we knew he would probably lay down some markers. >> i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. i'm committed to solving our fiscal cha
with military brass in tampa. she called the fbi, which traced those e-mails back to the computer of paula broadwell, where they discovered the evidence of broadwell's affair with petraeus. broadwell seen at her brother's home in washington sipping wine and having dinner has the admitted her affair with petraeus but has not commented on e-mails she allegedly sent to the other woman, jill kelly. there is more, abc news learned that general allen received an anonymous e-mail traced to broadwell, claiming jill kelly was a seductress. a further look, 20,000,0 to 30,0 pages of communication. secretary of defense leon panetta put general allen's promotion to supreme commander on hold and ordered an investigation. >> to date secretary directed the matter -- >> reporter: jill kelly spent the day at her home in tampa not answering questions. in the background, a tell vgs could be seen with coverage of the peyton place like military scandal that focus add tension on who she is and how she ended up in the middle of it all. the license plate on kelly's mercedes-benz, shows she is honorary counsel for
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